Engaging Emotions Without Manipulating Them

Engaging Emotions Without Manipulating Them

As I write this I’m listening to U2’s seminal album, The Joshua Tree, and I hear Bono singing about how he still hasn’t found what he’s looking for. After that album was released, the band did a documentary called Rattle and Hum, in which they traveled to Harlem and sang the song with a gospel … Continued

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Who Should You Allow to Join Your Worship Team?

I love investing in leaders. It’s one reason I was drawn to the Valley Life Network and what God is doing through Valley Life churches. One of our churches, Valley Life Camelback, is on campus at Grand Canyon University. That school has a fantastic Worship Arts program, and several of the leaders at Camelback are … Continued

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Using Words

Using Good Words and Bad Words

I recently lead worship for an event at a different church. I gave them the set I planned to sing ahead of time to prepare their tech team and band. Everything looked good until about a week before the event was scheduled. At that point, I got a call from the young lady organizing everything. … Continued

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Simple Truth: Why We're Okay with Repetition in Worship

Simple Truth: Why We’re Okay with Repetition in Worship

Last week, my four-year-old walked around the house for at least twenty minutes singing, “You are good, good, oh!” We sang “King of My Heart” that morning at church, and I think he could hear the church singing from his classroom. Our church already sings quite loudly, but that refrain always brings out the loudest … Continued

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Engage Your People

Leading in Worship: More Than Singing Well

The most nervous I have ever been while leading worship was during chapel at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I fretted for weeks over what songs to sing, finally settled on a set, and practiced as much as I could. The day came, and I got on stage to play the songs I had planned. Everything … Continued

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Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

Why We Should Still Sing Hymns

I grew up in a little church in Oklahoma. Every week I picked up our burgundy hymnal with gold embossing, looked in the weekly bulletin for hymn numbers, and sang along with the choir, all ornately adorned in golden robes (notice the theme). This was the ritual I grew up with and grew to love. … Continued

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Know Your People, Know Your Songs

Know Your People, Know Your Songs

Several weeks ago we introduced a new song to our congregation. It’s a well-written song that is rooted in Scripture and focused on Jesus. But for some reason, it did not “click” with our people. As a worship leader, this is frustrating because we only have a limited amount of time to engage with our … Continued

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Liturgy: A Reason to Sing

Responsive Worship: A Reason to Sing

In his book, Rhythms of Grace, Mike Cosper describes the word liturgy saying, “The word itself comes from two Greek words meaning ‘public work,’ or (as it’s often described) ‘the work of the people.’ To talk about liturgy in its most basic sense is to talk about what the congregation is gathering to do.” Every … Continued

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Join Existing Church Plant

Joining an Existing Church Plant

My wife and I moved to Phoenix to join Valley Life | Tramonto in November 2016. In January 2017, the church celebrated its fifth anniversary. By the time I joined the staff, the team had five years of shared stories, a common vernacular that was foreign to me, and inside jokes that I politely nodded … Continued

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Serving Delight Duty

Serving from Delight Instead of Duty

I will never forget the first time I led worship in my youth group. The lyrics were displayed by a projector with transparent slides lighting the walls. I had a junky guitar my dad bought for me at an auction, and I did a version of “Trading My Sorrows” that played a little fast and loose … Continued

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